PS4 News – Physical Releases to have Digital Option, Possibility of game “Packages” – says Yoshida
Sony is looking to move to a Digital future. According to the Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida. He claims that every PS4 physical release will be available as a digital download.
In an interview with The Guardian, Yoshida discussed that Sony will be pushing to create “attractive packages” for consumers, and might deploy a subscription service at some point.
“We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side – PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc,” he said. “Because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.
“As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company. We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available.
“With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that’s our dream.”
Sony is not quite ready to talk about Gaikai.
“Of course, there is an economic model, or idea we have in place, or at least something to work with but we still aren’t close to the final stage in that and not able to provide any details. But we will, all in good time.”
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